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A good number of Merritt residents made it to a four hour open house to discuss power last night. City Councilor Dave Baker says Hydro put on a good session to address the growing demand for electricity in the Merritt area. BC Hydro is upgrading the local transmission system and is looking at a number of options.
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The Nicola Valley and District Food Bank manager is grateful for another show of generosity from within the community this month. Karen Flick says the recent Tim Horton's Smile Cookie Week was able to raise four thousand dollars for the cause. Now, Flick says people are being put on standby that the annual Fire Department food drive for the Food Bank is coming in a couple weeks. Flick is hoping to enlist a number of volunteers for the drive. People able to help, should contact the food bank at 378-2282 as soon as possible.
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The Merritt Centennials have a chance to move above .500 for the month of October as they open a three game northern road trip in Prince George tonight. The Cents are 3-3-0-and-3 this month and can put some distance between themselves and Quesnel and PG with a big weekend. Merritt is sixth in the Interior Conference, two points ahead of the Millionaires and three points ahead of the Spruce Kings. Both the Cents and Quesnel have three games in hand on Prince George. Lino Keemienti gets the start in goal while Merrittonian Payton Schaefer has been called up from the Kamloops Storm as an affiliate player. Forwards Steve Wall and Evan Stack, and defenceman Reece Willcox are all out of the line-up with injuries. Tonight's game is a 6:30 pre-game show on Q101.
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Two young men believed to be in their twenties, both wearing dark hoodies, broke into a home on Second Avenue in Merritt early Wednesday night and made off with some drugs and an undisclosed amount of cash. RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore says one of the men did have a gun. She says it was definitely a home invasion, but different than that one in Merritt about two weeks ago. Dunsmore believes the general public is not in any danger. Three Lower Mainland men were arrested after a police chase following a home invasion on Houston Street in which a woman in the home was assaulted. Wednesday's incident was at the home of a 71-year old man on Second Avenue just off Voght Street shortly before 8 o'clock. A nyone with information asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
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Just in time for Halloween, the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre reopens on Sunday after a two and a half month closure for renovations and upgrades. Leisure Services Manager Larry Platnikoff says it's a perfect way to celebrate the reopening. Platnikoff says the shutdown was necessary in order to replace the humidification unit. It was causing severe humidity problems which impacted other equipment and had the potential of eventually causing problems to the entire structure. He says the aquatic centre has been repainted and cleaned up.
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